Whittier College Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Whittier College
How hard is it to get into Whittier College and can I get accepted? The school has a 74% acceptance rate ranking it #81 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,277 out of 5,773 applicants were admitted making Whittier College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. Whittier College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
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Whittier College SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT72%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||560|
|SAT Math 25th||530|
|SAT Composite 25th||1090|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||670|
|SAT Math 75th||620|
|SAT Composite 75th||1290|
|Average SAT Score||1190|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Whittier College?
Whittier College typically requires applicants to be in the top 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #39 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1290 and Above||Good||>83%|
|1190 to 1290||Avg +||74%-83%|
|1090 to 1190||Avg -||63%-74%|
|990 to 1090||Reach||50%-63%|
|Less than 990||Low||<50%|
Whittier College ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT40%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||24|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Whittier College?
Admission data indicates that Whittier College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #35 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Whittier College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>83%|
|24 to 27||Avg +||74%-83%|
|21 to 24||Avg -||63%-74%|
|18 to 21||Reach||50%-63%|
|Less than 18||Low||<50%|
Avg. High School GPA3.47
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need above average high school grades to get into Whittier College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Whittier College was 3.47 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #39 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Whittier College accepts 74% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||20%||Good|
|3.25 to 3.50||24%||Avg +|
|3.00 to 3.25||19%||Avg -|
|2.75 to 3.00||14%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||4%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
89% of Whittier College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||23%|
|Top 25% of class||39%|
|Top 50% of class||89%|
|Bottom 50% of class||11%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||11%||14%||12%|
What are the requirements for admission to Whittier College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=125763 IPEDS survey data for Whittier College.